Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to privatize work determining who is eligible for food assistance in the state would violate federal law and could expose the state to a loss of more than $20 million in federal money, federal officials say.
Frustrated with the government, Dan Baltes interjected himself into the high-profile debate on illegal immigration in Arizona, including a petition to oust the Pima County sheriff. He initiated an effort to draft a Florida congressman to run for president. Last week he appeared on Fox News as the leader of an effort to recall Wisconsin legislators. Some of his fellow conservatives, though, say they’re catching on to something else: Baltes isn’t who he appears to be.
Yesterday I posted about Scott Walker being the featured speaker on education policy for a group I wasn’t familiar with, the American Federation for Children. I was in complete disbelief that anyone (well, besides Walker-advocate Michelle Rhee) would consider Walker some sort of expert on education. After all, this is a man who recently answered the question “why do you hate education” with the response: "Well, for us, the answer is that I love education."
The latest version of a bill requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls would make sweeping changes to Wisconsin elections - moving the September primary to August, tightening rules on absentee ballots and ending straight-ticket voting.
A hearing on the bill is slated for 10 a.m. Wednesday, and Republicans who run the Assembly will meet in private later in the day to discuss any changes to the measure.
Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) said his caucus is largely behind the latest version by Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale), but may want to tweak it. He said he hopes to pass the bill in May and forward it to the Senate.
Read the full story here. Wisconsinites, you can testify tomorrow at the hearing! Interestingly, the Department of Transportation and the Government Accountability Board have estimated that this reform would cost at least $4.8 million to implement.
The New York Times had a great editorial today on the Republican push for tightening voter ID requirements.
Scott Walker To Give Keynote Address on Education Policy. (Seriously)
Howard Fuller, Milwaukee’s best-known advocate for school choice, has been an outspoken opponent of Scott Walker’s proposal for sweeping education reforms. He recently wrote:
It was not easy for me to stand before the state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee and threaten to withdraw my support from the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, which I have supported for more than 20 years. But if lawmakers approve Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to lift the income requirement that has maintained the program for children from low-income families, that is exactly what I will do.
And today, an article from Mother Jones covered Walker’s plan. Since Milwaukee students in the Parental Choice Program aren’t testing as well as students in public schools, Walker plans to stop testing the students in the Choice Program.
Governor Scott Walker Caught In Political Plagiarism
Rick Ungar’s latest post on Forbes is a must read. Scott Walker keeps taking credit for creating jobs, when in reality they were created by his predecessor, Governor Doyle; this time, he was caught red-handed.
In less than two weeks, Ms. Wasserman Schultz — mother, wife, Girl Scout leader, legislator, fund-raiser and House vote counter — will add another job to her monumentally orchestrated life. She will become the first woman elected to lead the Democratic National Committee, a role that requires grit, exaltation and inspiration. At 44, she will be the youngest committee leader in decades.
“Right now you’re probably asking yourself: How are all the angry new governors doing? Great! Fear and loathing may abound, but it’s business-friendly fear and loathing.”—Gail Collins, in her witty New York Times piece, “Wanna Buy a Turnpike?”
“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”— Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day, Wisconsin politician.
Refusing to concede defeat, state Supreme Court challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg asked election officials Wednesday for a statewide recount in her flagging upset bid against Justice David Prosser.
Final county tallies compiled last week showed Prosser held a 7,316-vote lead over the little-known state attorney. The margin is within one-half of 1 percent of the total votes cast, entitling Kloppenburg to a statewide recount at local governments’ expense…
Prosser’s campaign pressured her not to seek a recount, saying there was no way she would find 7,000 votes and a recount would be costly for taxpayers.
State elections officials said the recount could begin as early as next week, barring any court challenges….
Prosser’s attorney has promised to challenge any recount request.
There weren’t that many people there and there’s not much reporting on this but I thought it was pretty damn funny. Andrew Breitbart was speaking before Sarah Palin came on at the capitol today, and he was so tired of being drowned out by boos that he screamed “GO TO HELL!” four times fast and then snarled before he introduced Palin. And then she proceeded to get bombarded twice as badly.
“We need to create a system where the rules are the same community by community.”—Jeff Stone, a “small government Republican” as he and fellow Republicans intervened in the affairs of a city. Hy-poc-ris-y.
“Governor Bush has been at the forefront of education reform,” said Michael W. Grebe, president and chief executive officer of the Bradley Foundation. “During his administration and since, Florida students have made incredible gains. He has also been a vocal advocate for school choice.”
Who knew that Gov. Scott Walker had headed out on a national tour to help raise money for Republican senators facing possible recalls? Newsmax did.
The conservative website posted a piece Sunday saying the first-term Republican had dropped by its headquarters in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday. (Few in Wisconsin knew Walker was out of state.)
Walker’s interview and visit to Newsmax headquarters came during a nationwide tour to drum up support for a new effort, FrontlineWisconsin.com, that seeks to defend eight Wisconsin GOP senators from a massive recall campaign that now is under way.
Walker, who has pledged to bring 250,000 jobs to his state, told Newsmax: “What I’ve been doing is going around the country and making the case, given my position in Wisconsin, reaching out to folks across the country to say ’Help us out.’
Full story here. I’m really glad Daniel Bice reads Newsmax so I don’t have to.
"Wisconsin is Republican broke, but it’s not broke," said Mordecai Lee, a UW-Milwaukee political science professor and former Democratic state lawmaker. "Broke suggests near bankruptcy."
Using the word “broke” helps Walker frame the debate around his controversial budget plans on his terms, Lee said, suggesting spending cuts are the only option and any tax increases are out of the question.